Charleston, IL Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Millions Recovered for the Injured in Coles County
Motorcycles have been popular since they were first developed in the 1860s when a motor was attached to a bicycle. Riders enjoy the feeling of freedom and being able to explore the open road without any constraints. Unfortunately, with this freedom comes a higher risk of injury, even when a rider is wearing a helmet and other protective gear.
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Charleston motorcycle accident attorneys believe that if you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle crash which was caused by a negligent driver, you should receive compensation for all losses and damages including medical expenses, litigation expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and property damage. We fight for fair compensation to help our clients rebuild and move on with their lives.
To learn more, call (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free and completely confidential, and we handle motorcycle accident cases on contingency, meaning you pay nothing unless we win.
Illinois Motorcycle Laws
Throughout the state of Illinois, there are many motorcycle laws that must be followed. These laws are intended to keep motorcyclists safe by reducing the risk of collisions resulting in injuries or deaths.
The following are examples of Illinois motorcycle laws:
- A muffler is required and cannot be modified to increase the level of noise
- Helmet speakers can be used for communication purposes only
- The motorcycle must have at least one rearview mirror
- The motorcycle must have minimum liability insurance
- The motorcycle must pass appropriate exams based on its classification
- Motorcycles must use daytime headlights
- Motorcyclists must abide by all street signs, signals, and traffic laws
- Motorcyclists must have appropriate license plates issued
- Passenger seats and footrests are required for motorcycle passengers
- Riders must wear eye protection unless a windscreen is present
- The handlebars must be below the shoulders while seated
If these laws are not followed, motorcyclists risk getting a ticket and losing their motorcycle license. Of course, all riders must be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents and the possible results of these accidents.
Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Depending on the situation, a motorcycle crash could be the fault of the rider or another motorist. As motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on our roadways, they are much harder to see and have different maneuvering capabilities than many motorists are used to, increasing the likelihood of a collision if a motorist is not exercising reasonable caution.
Potential causes of motorcycle collisions include:
- Bad roads
- Bad weather
- Blind spots
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to stop at intersections
- Failing to yield
- Mechanical failure
- Careless driving
- Skidding or losing control
- Stopped traffic
- Unsafe lane changes
- Unsafe or poorly maintained roads
Abiding by traffic laws and practicing defensive driving can reduce one’s risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are at a high risk of injury if involved in a traffic collision. This risk increases if they choose to ride without a helmet, but even a DOT-approved helmet and full protective gear cannot prevent all catastrophic injuries.
The following are examples of motorcyclist injuries:
- Biker’s arm
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Eye injuries
- Facial injuries
- Foot injuries
- Loss of limb
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Psychological injuries
- Road rash
- Skull fracture
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrist injuries
The extent of injury is typically related to the speed of travel and the force of impact. In any case, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention, as it could save your life. In addition, the medical documents can be used by our Charleston, IL attorneys to develop a strong case for you against the negligent party in court.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims
As with any traffic accident, there are several factors that may contribute to the type and amount of compensation to which a motorcycle accident victim is entitled. These factors will typically depend on liability, the severity of injuries sustained, occupation, marital status, and more.
Compensation may be pursued for:
- Funeral expenses
- Litigation expenses
- Loss of past and future wages
- Loss of marital privileges
- Medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Of course, there may be other compensation available, depending on your specific situation and who was involved in the accident.
Serving Injured Riders from Offices in Charleston, IL & St. Louis, MO
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our Charleston, IL motorcycle accident attorneys are proud to protect riders who have been injured by the negligent actions of another person or company. We believe these negligent parties must claim responsibility for their actions and be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.
Our firm serves all of Coles County and has a history of fighting for the injured that extends back more than 25 years. With millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, we have a proven track record in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.
To find out how we can help you, call (217) 394-5885 or contact us online.
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